U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, made the following statement as the nation of Israel began its annual Independence Day celebration:
Sixty-two years ago the state of Israel declared its independence. Today, as Israelis celebrate their Independence Day, I congratulate our most cherished ally for prevailing against long odds.
Israel lives under the threatening shadow of a neighbor that has vowed to ‘wipe Israel off the map.’ But, despite trials and travails throughout its history, Israel remains a beacon of democracy in the Middle East.
Israel’s Independence Day should also serve as a reminder of America’s commitment to preserve and protect Israel. The United States stands firm as Israel’s closest friend.
In recent days the White House has given a cold shoulder to Israel. This should not be. It is the responsibility of President Obama and the Congress to ensure that our commitment to Israel does not waver, and that we focus on imposing crippling sanctions against Iran to halt its growing threat against our friend.